Have you ever worn a fragrance and one (or more) of the notes just kept pinging your nose, for better or worse? And you’re thinking, “What on earth is that?” My recent reunion with Aviance did just that for me and got me pondering unusual or odd notes in scents.
Some that I’ve come across:
The aforementioned Aviance (Prince Matchabelli from the ’70s) has what I’ve dubbed a “lighter-fluid” accord in it, but I rather like it as it adds to the scent’s dry, quirky nature.
After an AMAZING start, Ramon Monegal’s Mariposa came out swinging with a big fig note that put me down for the count for the rest of the fragrance’s life. It’s like the fig just KO’d all the other notes in the middle to drydown. My weird skin must amp that note something fierce because it wasn’t nearly so noticeable on a friend. Wanted to love this one so much … big sigh.
Niki de Saint Phalle’s marigold note adds an interesting twist to an already unusual scent. It’s equal parts weird and wonderful, and though not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like it, you like it. It gets bonus points for coming in a variety of colorful, interesting bottles, especially this one with the entwined snakes.
The oregano (or was it the pimento berry oil?) did me in with Amouage Interlude Man; the scent’s first 20 minutes were rather jarring to me, then it settled down nicely into a warm, vanilla-ish smoky goodness. But not nearly nicely enough to go down that bumpy opening road again. I know many of you love it, but I’ll have to give it a pass.
Pucci’s Vivara had a cold, almost stainless steel-like ribbon running through it that was a bit off-putting and made the fragrance feel sterile and somewhat clinical at one point in its development.
A whopper of a chemical, plasticky note overwhelmed M/MINK on me and gave this Byredo scent the distinction of being the first real scrubber I had ever encountered. The Adoxal, perhaps? I think this fragrance is an odd bird that people either love or hate, but there’s no doubt that it’s got originality in its corner.
BTW, isn’t there a fragrance out there that many people say seems to have a celery note in it?
For better or worse, what are some of the most unusual or odd notes that you’ve come across in your fragrant travels?